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Telcosystems are a collaboration of multimedia artists, which are based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In their audiovisual works Telcosystems research the relation between the behavior of programmed logic and the human perception of this behavior; they aim in their work at an integration of human expression and programmed machine behavior. This  results in the audiovisual installations they make, in films, videos, soundtracks, prints and in live performances.

They have released a very remarkable audiovisual work:… a book called Resonanz . Instead of the usual audio/video stream combination in audiovisual art works presented in the Visual noise series, this book combines 12 sound compositions with 12 computer generated images printed in the book. You can plug a headphone into the book, to hear the sound piece belonging to an image printed on spread pages of the book. Sound and image of a page were generated by the same electronic signal, so you experience a resemblance between the two. This combined provides the audiovisual experience of the piece:



The book was on display in the Klokgebouw exhibition during the last Dutch Design Week held in Eindhoven last year. And you can buy the book in two limited editions of 200 copies each for 245,- or 395,- euros on the Telcosytems website. This is too expensive for me, so i’ll stick with the video of the book displayed above. However, the combination between printed images and sounds in such a familiar book format as an audiovisual art piece, was worth a mention in this tech art blog.

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Reblogged from the midnightsiencefictionfeature blog. Interesting post on the concept of “visual music”.

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<This is an excerpt from a text I wrote last week, about a theoretical exploration between Ikeda and Visual Music. This particular excerpt is a (very) short segment about defining the vast artistic expertise that can be called ‘Visual Music’>

In discussion of experimental and ‘absolute’ film[1] of the 1920s and 1930s, the broad term visual music began to take form. Even before then, scholars have noted that the ‘color organs’ of the nineteenth century could be a precursor to these moving abstractions, without narrative but accompanied by music.[2]
                The term visual music can be considered a form of art in which the combination of moving imagery and sound establishes a temporal architecture in a way similar to absolute music[3], according to Diego Garro.[4] It can be defined as a historical reference and at the same time as a label for contemporary…

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Interesting post on a new book about sonic interaction design from the Mobile Sound blog.

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The MIT Press Sonic Interaction Design Book that comes out of the EU SID COST action I was involved with and curated an exhibition for, has its launch event and symposium in May at ETH in Zurich. The Book is edited by edited by Karmen Franinović and Stefania Serafin.

Here’s the blurb from the MIT website:

Sound is an integral part of every user experience but a neglected medium in design disciplines. Design of an artifact’s sonic qualities is often limited to the shaping of functional, representational, and signaling roles of sound. The interdisciplinary field of sonic interaction design (SID) challenges these prevalent approaches by considering sound as an active medium that can enable novel sensory and social experiences through interactive technologies. This book offers an overview of the emerging SID research, discussing theories, methods, and practices, with a focus on the multisensory aspects of sonic experience.


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Visited STRP 2011 last Saturday evening and was quite disappointed by the expo and rather bland music concerts: uninspiring techno DJs and an expo focused on the quite humble history of Dutch media and technology art. Quite a change compared to the exiting international STRP 2010 programme. However, in the expo some video’s were shown of Theo Jansen’s Strandbeesten (“Beach beasts”) kinetic art pieces. These mixtures between Tinguely, Panamarenko, robots, plumbing and prehistoric life forms still remain fascinating and one of a kind:

Visited  Theo’s Strandbeest.com web site afterwards to view some of these works in detail. And immediately bought his book “De Grote Fantast” (“The Great Pretender”) in his web shop to get more acquainted with his work.

The Great Pretender book + DVD

Although I am not sure if the Strandbeesten fit the moniker “media art” (kinetic art seems more appropriate), this work still stands out in an otherwise quite bland STRP edition.

If you are interested in the history of electronic and experimental music, including recordings and instruments, you should definitively check out this book: Electronic and Experimental Music – Technology, Music and Culture by Thom Holmes.

The first edition of this textbook appeared already 20 years ago. The current 13th edition begins with the early history of electronic music (Cahill, Varese, theremin, ondes martenot) and ends with Afrika Bambaata, hiphop and turntablism. It provides a global view of electronic music culture and therefore is not restricted to “contemporary” composition, but also includes jazz, rock and hiphop artists. The book focuses on what the author calls the history of the “marriage of technology and music”, fueled by the idea that many techniques and concepts dating from the earliest developments of electronic music still govern contemporary electronic music.

lectronic and Experimental Music- Thom Holmes

Aimed at instructors and students, it is accompanied by a (free) web site, which contains summaries of all chapters in Powerpoint format and a very useful list of online resources. A must read for lovers of (electronic) noises!

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